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Call your Senator and Urge a 'NO' Vote on the Peru FTA

The Peru Free Trade Agreement (FTA) passed the House of Representatives in early November, with a majority of Democratic members voting against it. In fact, not one labor, environmental, interfaith or consumer group has endorsed the Peru FTA. It is out of step with American workers, environmentalists, farmers and faith organizations.
In a surprise move on Friday, the Senate announced the Peru FTA is coming up for a vote this week. Debate started TODAY. It is time for action.

Please contact your Senator today via the Capital Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and strongly urge a NO vote on the Peru FTA.

Sample Script:

Hello, my name is _______ and I live in (city/town, state). I'm calling to ask Senator _______ to vote against the Peru Free Trade Agreement. It is grounded in a broken model that will continue to outsource U.S. jobs, empower foreign corporations to skirt anti-off-shoring policies, and expose our environmental and health laws to challenge in foreign tribunals. I ask you: Will the Senator publicly come out and oppose the Peru FTA before the vote? (Wait for answer.) My address is __________ and I'm hoping you can send me a written response.

When You Call:

Ask to speak to the trade LA or legislative director.
If you are with an organization, say so. Give your address, and ask for a response.
If the Senator is opposed to the agreement, thank him or her.
If the Senator is undecided, say that you oppose Peru based on the talking points below (you can offer to email these talking points) and urge a NO vote.
If the Senator supports the Peru FTA, urge reconsideration.

Talking Points:

Major problems of the NAFTA/CAFTA model are replicated in the Peru FTA, and remain unaddressed.
The majority of House Democrats opposed the trade deal last month, saying we need a new model for trade that can ensure future FTAs do no further harm to working families and the environment.
The procurement rules in the Peru FTA continue the NAFTA/CAFTA ban on anti-off-shoring and Buy America policies.
The Peru FTA text does not address limits on imported food safety and inspection, and still contains language requiring the United States to accept imported food that does not meet our safety standards.
The Peru FTA contains foreign investor provisions that are almost word-for-word identical to the language found in CAFTA.

Now pick up the phone, and call your Senator at (202) 224-3121.

If a staff member tells you about newly added environmental and labor provisions:

The provisions dealing with labor and environmental issues are positive steps forward, but are also dependent on the Executive Branch for enforcement.
The current administration, with a consistent record of undermining domestic labor and environmental enforcement, is unlikely to enforce any labor and environmental provisions of the Peru Agreement.
All future enforcement of the new provisions will rely on similar discretion by future Presidents.
The Peru FTA allows for the terms of the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work to be interpreted and applied differently than they have been interpreted and applied by the ILO itself.

Now contact your Senator today at (202) 224-3121 and urge a 'NO' vote.

For more background and talking points, see the Citizens Trade Campaign Statement on the Peru and Panama Free Trade Agreements. Additional Information can be found at www.citizenstrade.org/peru.php

homepage: homepage: http://www.citizenstrade.org/peru.php

Video about Peru Free Trade 03.Dec.2007 15:13

Jim Lockhart jglockhart@comcast.net

Video from an action concerning the Peru Free Trade deal. About 7 minutes in length.